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On British Waterways the horse drawn commercial narrow boat was called 'A Butty'. Butty is a very old english word for friend or companion. It has been corrupted by the Americans into Buddy. For the working boatman he had his horse and his butty.Similarly the miners called their food sandwich a butty as it was always welcome.
This page looks like it was created to talk about the boat. If there is enough information, the boat should have its own page and connect here. Then the page can be rewritten for a broader audience Jonmark22 (talk) 13:45, 9 June 2009 (UTC)
Is this supposed to be an article strictly about UK horse-drawn boats? Then can we include UK in the title? As a stub, is it supposed to be expanded with more UK info only, say, all known boats surviving or not, or is it supposed to be expanded with info about horse-drawn towboats and towpaths around the world? Must it be proved to have always been exclusively *horse*-drawn, or would mules be okay? 220.127.116.11 (talk) 22:46, 17 October 2010 (UTC)
The world's most famous barge horse was Old Billy, who lived in Warrington and was born in Woolston near Warrington, Lancashire. Old Billy was working on the canals for 30 years prior to a 32 year retirment. He lived from 1760-1822. His skull was donated to the new Manchester Museum and University in 1824.